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(43) Black Box has expanded its storage and charging systems for mobile devices with a “pay as you grow” stackable locker system, allowing schools to buy what they need today but giving them the flexibility to stack additional lockers as they add more devices.
These configurable lockers for laptops, tablets, iPads, and Chromebooks can accommodate standard, 19-inch rack IT equipment, in addition to all sizes of tablets and other mobile devices.
(44) Buncee demonstrated its easy-to-use, cloud-based canvas for creating presentations, which includes a filtered search tool within the application so students can safely look for YouTube videos and other media to import into their creations.
The free version includes hundreds of backgrounds, images, and animations that students or teachers can drag and drop into place, size, and rotate; a premium version, available for $60 per year, includes up to 50 student sub-accounts, allowing teachers to share students’ work securely—and it also features audio recording, turning Buncee into a digital storytelling tool.
(45) BuzzMob is updating its parent engagement app for the new school year, adding a web-based dashboard for creating messages and indicating who should receive them; until now, users had to input this information within the app itself, which was time-consuming.
The app is free for parents to download, and educators can pay for a classroom, school, or district license, with a one-time setup fee; parents indicate how they’d like to receive information, and the app sends this information to each parent in his or her preferred format.
(46) Califone previewed a new line of peripheral keyboards with oversized, color-coded keys, perfect for use with young students or those with special needs—and available in either Bluetooth or wired versions. The company also showed new wireless, rechargeable headphones with a 20-foot range.
(47) Ergotron introduced a new adjustable-height desk, called LearnFit, with an easy-to-use adjustment lever so students can stand for part of the school day; the desk is on locking casters so it can be moved to create collaborative workspaces as well, and it ships fully assembled.
Research suggests that, just by standing for part of the day, students can burn more calories and increase their fitness, Ergotron says—and standing also can reduce fidgeting and help students focus on their school work.
(48) Fujitsu showed a $795 alternative to a flatbed scanner that scans books and even 3D objects (like children’s art projects) from overhead, using a rotating head.
Perfect for digitizing the books in a school or district library, the SnapScan SV600 includes software that adjusts the scan for the curvature of a book’s spine; recognizes when a page has been turned, scanning the new pages automatically; and converts the images into a single-page-view PDF.
(49) Kensington showed a number of protective cases for tablets, including the SafeGrip line, featuring a hinged handle that doubles as a stand; and the BlackBelt 2nd Degree, which includes a rubber band-like handle that keeps the tablet on your hand as you use it.
Kensington is running a special ISTE promotion: If you use the promo code ISTE14TEACHER for orders placed on the company’s website by July 14, you’ll get 25 percent off the cost.
(50) Nervanix has introduced a cutting-edge product, called Nervanix Clarity, that monitors students’ attention levels as they study and guides them to revisit concepts where they lost focus.
Using a simple headset that measures EEG brain waves, Nervanix Clarity measures the attention levels of learners as they study, then uses Bluetooth technology to stream this information to the Nervanix Clarity application; students can use this information to adapt their study habits, and teachers can use it to see where student attention might have lagged, Nervanix said.
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